Uncategorized

Running the race

What does it mean to have talent but no endurance? To rush out of the gate in the lead, pressing toward the finish line, but because you didn’t pace yourself, you run out steam just short of your goal. And now, everyone who started out with you in the race, ends up surpassing you; finishing the race you all started together. You are forced to watch them reach their destiny as you lie exhausted and spent and having only accomplished half the journey. What make this an even harder pill to swallow is that YOU were the one who was touted and predicted to run the best race. You APPEARED to be in good shape but the truth is… you didn’t prepare or train the way you should have… and therefore you couldn’t maintain in the curves. (You gain access to the lead in the curves—not the straightaways!)

People perceived you as strong and the one to beat…and you bought into the hype of your own strength. And inevitably, that pride became your weakness. You sped through the parts of the race when you should have slowed down and therefore had to slow down in the places where you should have been pulling ahead.

Thank God that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. We can still finish! I can still finish.

TML

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Running the race

  1. Oh wow. A good post for all the champions who had people believing in them. But not really great for those who no one thought of as possible contenders.I think of the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. She had to keep enduring even past her own self-loathing, past the rejection of her own God who in her own religion called her unclean. She had to endure being poor. I think of the father of the demon-possessed boy. We don’t know how old his son was but let’s say the boy was about 18. Jesus asked how long the boy was sick. The man said since he was a child. The man had to endure past all the old memories, past all the theologians who were more concerned with their spiritual rightness, past kind-hearted would-be healers that failed. The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong. God’s grace is perfected in weakness. The Gospel is preached to the poor and to the lowly. Someone who once knew what a glorious life was can always remember what life was like. So he can aim for that old life again. But the man with the demon-possessed boy could not remember his boy ever being well. He had to endure past that unseen, past that impossibility…to trust God. It’s easy to endure and believe and run the race when you have some inkling of what the answered prayer might look like (because you have some experience of it) But to endure when you don’t know what your healed boy would look like….well, that is endurance. -C

  2. Point taken. I guess it really is a matter of perception. I wrote this post primarily for those who foolishly believe that because they do have people believing in them, and they do have talent, that all of that somehow makes them exempt from needing the grace and mercy of God. It was about learning how to move in divine speed when running towards a particular goal and not in the speed that you’ve determined based on finite qualifications that, for most part, can mean nothing (or everything) when it comes to God’s plan for your life. Sometimes the people are most likely to be faithful are those that have nothing to lose. However, those who are feel like they’ve accomplished some level of success on their own…can often find themselves very, very, lost. Thanks for your feedback, Carole.Iron sharpens Iron. 🙂

  3. Point taken. I guess it really is a matter of perception. I wrote this post primarily for those who foolishly believe that because they do have people believing in them, and they do have talent, that all of that somehow makes them exempt from needing the grace and mercy of God. It was about learning how to move in divine speed when running towards a particular goal and not in the speed that you’ve determined based on finite qualifications that, for most part, can mean nothing (or everything) when it comes to God’s plan for your life. Sometimes the people are most likely to be faithful are those that have nothing to lose. However, those who are feel like they’ve accomplished some level of success on their own…can often find themselves very, very, lost. Thanks for your feedback, Carole.Iron sharpens Iron. 🙂

So...your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s